Abraham Lincoln

United States
12 Feb 1809 // 15 Apr 1865


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You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income
Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self interest
We must think anew - and act anew
The workingmen are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the more numerous
The severest justice may not always be the best policy
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just
The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust
Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it
I fear explanations explanatory of things explained
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."